Born out of a vision to create a unique and creative space to support local creative entrepreneurs and help develop new creative skills, Makers House was opened in 2018.
Connection has always been at the core of the Designerie’s purpose, bringing artists and the community together to create beautiful things and learn new skills.
The Studio has come a long way in the past 3 years. Now it delivers a creative hub where like-minded designer makers collaborate together to make, market, educate, support and build a strong vibrant creative sector on the Causeway Coast.
To say a big happy birthday, and celebrate the extraordinary contribution of our resident makers we wanted to showcase their products and thank our customers for how wonderfully supportive they’ve been to us.
Fee McToal Designs
Award-winning milliner and designer Fee McToal has sewn from a very young age. She studied sewing, fashion & design, returning some years later to fashion in the form of hat making. She designs and creates headpieces for weddings and race days and also for everyday wear.
Her work is truly unique with no two headpieces are ever the same. You can purchase her work in her retail space upstairs in Makers House, or you can book a commission appointment or see her products online www.feemctoalmillinery.com
Laura McIlveen Photography
Laura loves to capture colour and the movement of water in her work, creating a bold piece of art that brightens up a space and becomes a real feature in someone’s home or workspace.
With her photography she likes to evoke an emotion, make someone smile or to bring them back to their own happy place.
She loves to hear people’s own stories behind the locations she captures, so if you are in the area, come and say hi.
You can see Laura’s beautiful work upstairs in Makers House or on her website. She can also do bespoke orders, including large framed made-to-order pieces.
Jill Gurney has had a long career in interiors and textiles and has strong family links to linen as both her grandfathers grew flax. The chance discovery of one of the last working linen mills in Northern Ireland led to the creation of Linen Lane.
Using high quality Irish linen, one of the most sustainable, eco friendly fabrics available, and a variety of techniques Jill creates lampshades and textile gifts.
Jill offers a ‘Revamp Your Lamp’ service in her studio, where she can revamp any pieces with sentimental value. Call into Makers House to discuss making something special for you or your home.
Susan Francesca Hunter
Susan designs and makes a range of high fired stoneware ceramics. Her colourful functional pottery combines her love for colour and simplicity.
Not only does she work with ceramics, Susan also works in other media, such as paper, sketching in print and paint and in fused glass.
Visit her pod in Makers House for a chance to meet her and browse her range of mugs, jugs, bowls and more.
A Makers House success story, they started Makers House when it opened in August 2018 and then moved into their own studio store space adjoining The Designerie in October 2019.
Karen and Ellen Yates, the mother and daughter team behind the brand are known for designing sustainable, luxury leather handbags that are hand made using British leather.
Watch this space for their new collection.
Bethan McDonnell and Gillian Brownlow
Bethan and Gillian have joined Makers House as UU graduates in residence from Belfast School of Art to showcase their work in Makers House.
The Designerie was delighted to welcome the creative talent that Belfast School of Art have nurtured and to help them grow in their business journey
Bethan’s fashion and Gillian's textile designs are a welcome addition to the already diverse offer in Makers House.
Call into The Designerie to meet all the amazing designers upstairs in Makers House or browse our wide collection of products in store or online www.thedesignerie.co.uk.